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3rd August 2002
Sixty-Four People Go Steeple Chasing In The Centre Of Dublin
Hunt Chase 10 & 11 August 2002

Sixteen teams from registered hunt clubs around Ireland will compete in the Hunt Chase on the afternoons of Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August during the 2002 Kerrygold Horse Show.
The Hunt Chase is the fastest, most exciting and crowd pleasing event on the Main Arena at the Show. Divots fly, hooves thunder, and adrenaline pumps in this high-speed relay knock-out event.
All the riders are amateur riders and no current competition riders are able to take part. Each team consists of four members of the registered hunt club. Rules require one rider to be a female and another to be a male of fourteen stone or heavier.
Two identical courses are built on the Main Arena, one course mirroring the other. Fences are built solid like obstacles the rider and horse would encounter in the country i.e. logs, brush fences, gorse hedges and bank and water. At the signal, two teams jump head-to-head, each rider passing a riding crop to the next rider in the team before they can start the course. The winning team is the last rider who crosses the finish line first. The winners progress to the next round. No jumping penalties are incurred, however the rider must successfully negotiate each obstacle.
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3rd August 2002

EQUITANA Brisbane
16-24 November 2002
August News Update

EQUITANA Brisbane tickets are selling fast and we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you for your support and enthusiasm towards the event. We are very excited about coming to Brisbane in November and hope that all of you have the chance to experience for yourself the magic of EQUITANA!
EXHIBITION - OVER 75% SOLD
The response from Australian and international equine companies for exhibition space in Brisbane has been sensational. Over 140 companies have already reserved their exhibition booth at what promises to be a massive equine event.
Equine companies perceive EQUITANA Brisbane as the perfect opportunity to tap into the lucrative Australian equine market. This combined with evidence that visitors travel from far and wide to immerse themselves in EQUITANA, guarantees for a successful national event.
ULLA SALZGEBER - Dressage World Number One
EQUITANA Brisbane is proud to present World number one dressage rider, Ulla Salzgeber, in an exclusive, one-off clinic. Don't miss this once in a lifetime experience Born in Oberhausen, Germany on the 5 August 1958, Ulla Salzgeber has become one of the most recognised names within the Dressage circle.
Today, Ulla has an impressive list of credentials, including team gold and individual bronze in Dressage at the Sydney Olympics, and gold in the 2001 European Masters. She is the reigning World Cup title holder and current World number one.
THE ULTIMATE DRESSAGE LOVERS PACKAGE
Thursday 21 & Friday 22 November
EQUITANA SCHOOLS PROGRAM
EQUITANA has devised a special program for schools to be held on Thursday 21 November at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The full day packages are designed for student's aged between 12 - 18 years, and consist of a two hour lecture series featuring Australian and international guest speakers and a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of EQUITANA Brisbane.
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3rd August 2002
An Additional €25,000 For The "Jumping Double"
Kerrygold Horse Show 7-11 August 2002
An additional €25,000 will be awarded to the show jumper who wins both the Kerrygold Classic at the Kerrygold Horse Show and the Sallynoggin/Pavilion Grand Prix at the Dun Laoghaire Horse Show which is a qualifier in the Kerrygold National Grand Prix League.
This is the first time ever this bonus prize is being offered. The horse and rider combination that pulls off this fantastic feat will take home an impressive €40,000. Possible double winners could include: Dermot Lennon - 'Ginger Watt' and 'Liscalgot'; Cian O'Connor - 'Irish Independent Casper'; Shane Breen - 'Luandra' and 'Godsend'; Stephen Smith - 'Desert Prince'; and Conor Swail - 'Windgates Cruise West'. These riders are entered in the Kerrygold Horse Show and are competing in the Dun Laoghaire Grand Prix.
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3rd August 2002

Massage While You Groom
Massage While You Groom, a new book by Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist Sue Davis, is now available exclusively on the Internet at www.donblazer.com Twenty-six full color photos show you exactly how Davis goes about a full body massage while grooming a horse. Clear, concise text explains how to use the curry, soft brush and cloth to increase circulation, relax muscles and bring the natural hair oils to the surface for a perfect shine.
"This is the quick and easy way to keep your horse in top form whether you are just a weekend trail rider or a national competitor," says Davis.
"Now you can massage your horse yourself, getting started within minutes after reading this little book."
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3rd August 2002

Celbridge Show Cancelled Saturday - But Runs Sunday
The South County Dublin Horse and Pony Show scheduled to run on Saturday August 3 and Sunday August 4 at Celbridge will now run only on Sunday August 4. All Saturday's classes have been cancelled for both horses and ponies.
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2nd August 2002
Pre-Purchase Tickets Sales Strong For The 2002 Kerrygold Horse Show
7-11 August 2002
Tickets for the Main Arena Stands at the 2002 Kerrygold Horse Show are selling strongly, with Friday 9 August 2002, the day of the Kerrygold Nations' Cup almost completely sold out.
Daily general admission to the Show costs €11.00 for adults and €7.00 for students, senior citizens and children. A family ticket is great value costing only €28.00 for two adults and up to four children under 16 years. On Sunday 11 August, the last day of the Show, the family ticket is even better value at €24.00
General admission tickets give access to the entire RDS grounds and there are plenty of places around the Main Arena from which to watch the show jumping.
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2nd August 2002

New Internet Equestrian Auction
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho, July 24, 2002. Here's a new online auction with a twist. First of all, it's all horse related. But that's been tried before - usually with dismal results. The new Equestrian Horse Network teams up with selected Equestrian Web sites to create an auction community with far more items and participants than any single horse enthusiast web site could generate.
"Manure Happens" ( www.ManureHappens.com ) has been chosen as a lead web site to introduce the new auction which has been online since late June.
You have your choice of Two Auction Formats, Standard and Reverse.
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2nd August 2002
HorseTV.August News and Program Schedule
A printable calendar version of the new schedule is now available on the HorseTV Website at <http//www.horse-tv.cm/schedules.html">. While you’re visiting the website, be sure to fill out our viewer survey!
Some of the August highlights include the "US Pony Club Prince Philip Cup 2002," the top national competition for the Pony Club Mounted Games held during the Rolex Three Day Event in Kentucky during April . . . . . . the "Denver $75,000 Show Jumping Grand Prix" . . .and "Back Stage at Badminton Eventing's Supreme Challenge," filmed during the 2002 Badminton competition during April of this year.
Also joining HorseTV is Frank Bell and his "Dancing With Horses," a new series featuring his unique relationship training series.
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2nd August 2002
Sandy Van Dyke Wins $2,500 Open Jumper Class At Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show
East Dorset, VT—July 31, 2002— Sandy Van Dyke bested the field to win Wednesday’s $2,500 Open Jumper Class at the Manchester and the Mountains Horse Show, part of the 2002 Vermont Summer Festival held at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Three riders mastered the course set by American course designer, Buddy Brown, to advance to the jump-off. Riding Roulette Rouge, owned by Perrin Berkey, Van Dyke of Lake Worth, FL, was the only rider to post a second fault-free performance to win the competition.
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2nd August 2002
Memorial For Cappy Smith To Be Held In October
A celebration of the life of Morton "Cappy" Smith will take place at The Oaks Farm in Middleburg, Virginia, on October 19, 2002. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at the University of California Irvine, an organization dedicated to the study of spinal cord injuries and diseases.
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2nd August 2002
>Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Leader Board Continues to Unfold Through the Month of July<
Tampa, FL – July 31, 2002 –The 2002 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series saw 14 exciting member events in July with nine in the East Conference and five in the West Conference. The series kicked off in February and runs through November, culminating in the Series’ first-ever Year-End Championship to be held at the National Horse Show.
Charlie Jayne and Melbourne remain the leaders of the junior division in the East Conference, and Marilyn Little and Corrado still have a secure hold on to the first place in the amateur-owner division. In the West Conference, Andrew Ramsay and Lisa lead the junior division, while Catherine Boettcher and Cordella B sit on top of the amateur-owner division standings. For the first time this year, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame is offering separate series for amateur-owner riders and for junior riders.
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1st August 2002

Federation Equestre Internationale News
31 July 2002

Samsung Nations Cup Preview: CSIOs*** Vilhelmsborg (DEN) and Budapest (HUN)
The 23rd and 24th qualifiers of the Samsung Nations Cup Series, CSIO*** Vilhelmsborg (DEN) and CSIO*** Budapest (HUN) respectively, will take place on Friday, 2 August. After 22 competitions, Germany is the leader with 61 points, followed by Italy with 49 points and Belgium with 48. Thirty-eight nations have competed to date and 30 have received points.
Cian O'Connor (IRL) is currently the leading rider with a total of 13 points. He is followed by Jozsef Turi (HUN) and Helena Persson (SWE) with 11 and 8 points respectively. So far, 399 riders have competed with 185 receiving points.
The leading horse is Waterford Crystal ridden by Cian O'Connor with 11 points, followed by Helena Persson's Classic H (SWE) and Holger Hetzel's Waitaki 31 (GER) with 8 and 7 points respectively.

The 2001/2002 Samsung Nations Cup Series Final will take place in Donaueschingen (GER) on Saturday 24 August.
Launch of CIC World Cup
The inaugural qualifier of the newly created CIC World Cup will be held at Gatcombe Park (GBR) over the weekend of 2 - 4 August 2002. It will take place in the framework of the British Horse Trials Championships, a three star One Day Event. Apart from the CIC World Cup competition, the event will also include the National Novice Championship as well as the Intermediate and Open Championship.
The number of competitors has significantly increased since the event was fist held in 1983. This year, more than 300 entries have been registered including such eminent riders as William Fox-Pitt, Blyth Tait and Pippa Funnell.
Upcoming Events
The 2001 FEI World Jumping and Dressage Challenge Finals supported by Performance Sales International (PSI) will take place at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen a.T.W. (GER) from 31 July through 4 August.
The 2002 North American Young Riders' Championships (NAYRC) will be held at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL (USA) from 6 to 11 August. They are the premier equestrian competition in North America for riders aged 16-21.
A number of other important events will take place in the coming days.
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1st August 2002
Animal Welfare Groups Join Forces To Improve Livery Yards
The British Horse Society to administer voluntary scheme
Horse vets and leading equine welfare groups have joined forces to ask livery yards throughout the country to join a voluntary approvals and registration scheme designed to improve and standardise conditions for horses and ponies.
It will be administered by The British Horse Society (BHS) and supported by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) and the Home of Rest for Horses. The scheme was launched at the Golden Jubilee Royal International Horse Show on July 26.
The British Horse Society Livery Yard Approval Scheme was devised after veterinary surgeons became concerned about welfare conditions in many of the yards they visited. "The bulk of our concerns were not about outright cruelty but in most cases centred on the way the animals were kept by often inexperienced owners," said BEVA information officer Lesley Barwise-Munro.
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1st August 2002
Ticket and Travel Packages Available for Budweiser Show Jumping World Cup Final
Las Vegas, NV—July 31, 2002—A wide variety of ticket packages is available for the 2003 Budweiser Show Jumping World Cup Final.
The 25th annual FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final will take place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 16-20, 2003. This will be the fifth World Cup Final held in the United States. Previous Finals were held in Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar (1992) and Las Vegas (2000).
In 2000, nearly 36,000 spectators got the chance to see the brightest American stars face-off against their top rivals from around the world in a setting known as “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” Brazilian superstar Rodrigo Pessoa thrilled the huge crowds with spectacular riding performances on his way to winning his third consecutive World Cup championship.
For the avid spectator planning to attend the 2003 Final, All-Session packages are the best choice. All Session packages include tickets for the warm-up competition on Wednesday evening; the first leg, the speed class, of the World Cup on Thursday evening; the second leg, a time first jump-off, on Friday evening; the Grand Prix of Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon; and the third and exciting two-round leg of the World Cup on Sunday afternoon, after which the new World Cup champion will be crowned.
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1st August 2002

ILPH Transportation Awareness Ride Launched
The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) launched their Transportation Awareness Ride (TAR) at the Border Union Agricultural Show at Kelso last Saturday 27th July.
Helping with the launch in the main ring were event rider Ian Stark who was riding Jaybee and Sylvia Loch, the classical dressage supremo, riding Espada and the ILPH's Transportation Consultant Jeremy James riding Gonzo.
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1st August 2002

The 16th World Mounted Games Team Championships
The Welsh mounted games team won the 16th World Mounted Games Team Championships at Fontwell Racecourse, West Sussex (July 26/28).
After the five qualifying sessions England and Wales were the only teams to break through the 300 points barrier. Joing them in the final were also Belguim, France, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
In the 12 race final Wales (Alex Jones, Christian Jones, Daloni Lucas, Rachel Norton, Gareth Whitney) got off to an impressive start winning the first five races putting them 10 points in front of Ireland their nearest rivals. The two fourth places that followed saw Wales maintain their lead, stretching it to 11 points.
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1st August 2002
Guenter Seidel Named USET Athlete of the Month for July 2002
Gladstone, NJ—July 31, 2002—Guenter Seidel was named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for July after he topped a world-class field of international dressage competitors at CDI*** Norten-Hardenberg in Germany, July 25-28.
Riding Nikolaus 7, owned by Dick and Jane Brown, Seidel was the top competitor, winning the Grand Prix and placing third in the Grand Prix Freestyle. In the Grand Prix, Seidel and Nikolaus 7 scored an impressive 71.06% to edge a star-studded field of riders, many of whom competed on their likely horses for this year’s Dressage World Championships to be held at the World Equestrian Games in September.
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1st August 2002
2002 Kerrygold Horse Show
Kerrygold Nations Cup Teams And Rider Update

7-11 August 2002
There has been a change of rider in the British team and a change of horses in the French & Belgium teams for the 2002 Kerrygold Nations' Cup which will take place 3:00pm on Friday 9 August 2002.
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1st August 2002
Bruce Chovnick LLC to Sponsor Vermont Summer Festival Grand Prix
East Dorset, VT—July 31, 2002—The fourth of five $35,000 Grand Prix events of the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show to be held on Sunday, August 4th is being sponsored by Bruce Chovnick LLC of Brookeville, MD. The company is involved in the business of breeding, investing and selling horses.
"Bruce Chovnick is an avid horse owner, rider and investor, and we’re excited about his support of our new extended format here in the Manchester area," stated Dotty Ammerman, Executive Director of the Vermont Summer Festival. "His sponsorship is greatly appreciated in view of the investment that we’ve made to improve the Beebe Farm show grounds," she added.
Chovnick rides with the Rolling Acres Farm which has traveled to East Dorset for the final three weeks of the Vermont Summer Festival. They’ve come with 48 horses and nearly 60 riders, trainers and support crew; a team that also includes his twelve year old daughter, Sarah Chovnick, who has been circuit champion for three years.
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31st July 2002

Rescued Mare has new Foal in Time for Open Day
A new attraction has arrived in the nick of time at the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Glenda Spooner Farm, at Hoarwithy, Herefordshire.

Comments Janet Dale, Centre Manager, "We are delighted that Delilah, one of our rescued heavy horses who came to us already in foal, produced a beautiful filly early on Sunday morning. She is already very inquisitive and cheeky and we have named her Willow.
"It's our annual Open Day this Sunday and we have lots of attractions to tempt people along including a demonstration of Parelli Natural Horsemanship as well as Delilah and her new foal, a homeopathic horse first aid talk and the Native Pony Musical Ride as well as lots, lots more."
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31st July 2002

A Horse, Of Course
"What's your sign?" I heard Walter ask Katy. Katy is the filly who now lives in the stall right next to Walter.I knew I had to go to Walter's rescue. I rushed into his stall, pushed him into the corner farthest from Katy's wall and tried to warn him. "That's one of the oldest and worst pickup lines ever used," I whispered to Walter.
"A thoroughly modern filly won't be impressed," I said. "You'll have to come up with something better than that."
"A lot you know," he countered. "It just so happens she is Aquarius."
"Well, then, she might be impressed," I conceded. "Aquarius is an air sign and Aquarian fillies are often airheads," I reported.
"Careful how you speak about the filly I may just love."
"Love?" I questioned. "You don't even know her. I grant you, she's cute. But if you think an Aquarius is the filly for you, you definitely don't know much about astrology or the personalities of the signs."
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31st July 2002
USET Names Ashe, Wylde, Howard and Simpson to World Equestrian Games Show Jumping Team
Gladstone, NJ—July 30, 2002—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced its team of four horse-and-rider combinations for the 2002 Show Jumping World Championships to be held as part of the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in September.
Named to the team are: Molly Ashe of Wellington, FL on Kroon Gravin, owned by Sandra O’Donnell; Peter Wylde of Dover Plains, NY on Fein Cera, owned by The Fein Cera Group; Leslie Howard of Westport, CT on Priobert de Kalvarie, owned by Higher Ground Farms, Inc.; and Nicole Shahinian-Simpson of Westlake Village, CA on El Campeon’s Cirka Z, owned by El Campeon Farms.
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31st July 2002
Equestrian Of Honor Trophy Named For Norman K. Dunn
The trophy for the USA Equestrian of Honor in the "In-Hand" division has been named in honor of the late Norman K. Dunn. The Equestrians of Honor are the finalists for the Richard P. Strub Trophy as the USA Equestrian of the Year.
Dunn served as the IAHA President and joined the faculty at Cal Poly University in August of 1960, assuming the directorship of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center on March 1, 1964. The Colorado State University graduate served as Colorado Agricultural Extension Agent in Gunnison, Colorado prior to going to Kansas State and receiving his M.S. degree in Animal Science.
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31st July 2002

LSU Equine Health Studies Program Holds Second Annual Stallion Auction
BATON ROUGE–The Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine will launch its second annual Internet Stallion Service Auction in October to generate funds for expansion of the Equine Intensive Care Unit.
The first multiple-breed stallion auction raised more than $37,000 for the new unit, and the EHSP hopes to continue that success with an improved auction this year. "The Stallion Service Auction offers mare owners the opportunity to select top quality stallions for breeding with potentially discounted fees," said Dr. Rustin Moore, director of the EHSP.
Stallions from across the United States, representing multiple breeds and use, will be featured in the auction. Stallion owners that donate stallion services will be recognized as participants in the auction and their contributions are tax deductible.
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31st July 2002

Sponsors Support 2002 North American Young Riders’ Championships Presented by State Line Tack
Wadsworth, Il—July 30, 2002—The North American Young Riders’ Championships (NAYRC) Presented by State Line Tack, has a strong foundation of sponsor support for the 2002 competition, which will be held at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, Illinois, August 6-11.

In addition to State Line Tack, Tempel Farms and Tempel Steel Company are among the 2002 sponsors who make the NAYRC possible. Gold Medal sponsors include: Brazilian Equestrian Federation, the Broussard Family, E.B.R Foundation, Equine Hippique Canada, Gurnee Mills Mall, HDO Productions, Mosaic Foundation, Howard & Martha Simpson, Tempel Lipizzans, and USA Equestrian, Inc.
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31st July 2002
2002 Hampton Classic Poster Captures Spirit of Horse Show
Artist/Designer Nick Gamarello Continues 25-Year Tradition
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY—July 30, 2002—Artist and designer Nicholas Gamarello has created a classic, timeless look for the poster for the 2002 Hampton Classic Horse Show. The poster depicts an elegant woman holding two Thoroughbred horses—it might have been painted a minute ago … or a half-century ago.
Since 1977, the Hampton Classic’s art poster series has included images of a diverse group of paintings and drawings of some of the country’s leading equestrian artists. Avid collectors have snapped up signed editions of the annual posters by artists such as Paul Davis, Henry Koehler, Nina Duran, and Mickey Paraskevas.Gamarello’s 2002 poster features a full-color painting of a woman in hunting clothes holding two Thoroughbreds. The painting is surrounded by a wide border decorated with a variety of pencil sketches reflecting scenes at the show.
“I was trying to capture a timeless image that expresses the bond between horse and rider, people and animals,” said Gamarello, Vice President and Design Director at John B. Stetson, the hat and clothing manufacturer. “Even when I try to paint a contemporary subject, it has the influence of another time because I use the techniques of another time.”
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31st July 2002

Walter's for sale!
But Walter, a black Quarter Horse, honorary author of Walter Spills The Oats, and a frequent subject of writer Don Blazer's nationally syndicated column, A Horse, Of Course, has no intention of leaving his happy home with Blazer.
You see, what's on the market is a sculpted, perfectly-detailed resin model of Walter.
Not only is the model of Walter available on the Internet, but his resin likeness will be introduced at the 11th annual West Coast Model Horse Collectors Jamboree to be held August 16 to 18 at the Fairplex Building 5 in Pomona, California. The event will attract model horse collectors from all over the country as well as Europe and Asia. Walter will be there in person to show how the model resembles the real live horse.
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30th July 2002
Anyone for elephant polo?
Bangkok, 23rd July 2002 -- The ancient sport of Elephant Polo is being revived once again this year when the second King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament takes place in Thailand's seaside resort of Hua Hin from 17th to 22nd September, thanks to an Englishman, a Scotsman and a Swede.
Polo playing Englishman Jim Edwards and Scotsman James Mann-Clark resurrected the idea of elephant polo in 1982, but it was Christopher Stafford, a Swedish polo player and general manager of Hua Hin's Anantara Resort and Spa, who brought the tournament to Thailand for the first time last year.
Played according to World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) rules, the Hua Hin tournament, will feature teams from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Australia, Singapore, Dubai, Thailand with top players from Argentina, Germany, UK, US and the nation countries taking part. The tournament is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (Forest Industry Organisation).
Elephant Polo is played with two teams of three elephants and two 'chukkas' of ten minutes playing time. Each elephant carries a polo player and a mahout. While the mahout directs the elephant using his voice, hands, feet and goads, the game's umpire sits and oversees the play from a wooden howdah on the back of the largest elephant.
The majority of the players are keen horse polo players. However, "being adept at swinging a polo stick on a 40 mph galloping horse is scant preparation for sitting atop a two and a half metre elephant moving at 15 mph whilst trying to knock a regular sized polo ball with an elongated polo stick", comments tournament organiser, Christopher Stafford.
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30th July 2002

Aberaeron Festival Of Welsh Ponies & Cobs
Square Field, Aberaeron, Cerdigion, Wales.
Sunday 11th August 2002

The tiny West Wales town of Aberaeron, in the heart of Wales’s Welsh Pony & Cob breeding country plays host to a Welsh Breed spectacular in August of this year. Based on Portugal’s Golega "horse spectacular", where the Lusitano breed is the main attraction amongst thousands of horses from many different countries, the Aberaeron event will feature displays of Welsh Ponies & Cobs being ridden, driven and shown in hand.Featuring animals from the most famous Welsh Pony & Cobs studs in the World, the whole of Aberaeron will be taken over for Sunday 11th August.
In addition, a display of horsemanship by one of Europe’s leading stunt riders, Daniel Naprous, who has featured in many films such as Braveheart, Merlin and Jayne Ayre, will add colour and daring to the whole day.
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30th July 2002
David Raposa and Master Man Score In $75,000 Avis Grand Prix
A field of twenty-five horses contested the featured class on Sunday in Ellenville, NY. This was the AVIS Grand Prix, the fourth in the series presented by Horse Shows In The Sun for the 2002 season. Course designer Jerry Dougherty was responsible for building a fair and challenging course that would meet the stringent requirements for a $75,000 Grand Prix competition at the national level.
The third horse to perform was last week's Grand Prix winner, Everest ridden by Mario Deslauriers. The pair toured the course in 89 seconds, well within the time allowed of 97 seconds, and they had just one rail down at fence 4B. The very next horse to compete was Altair, ridden by Beth Underhill. They had no jumping faults and just one-quarter time fault for exceeding the time allowed by less than one-half second. Early in the going, and based on these two performances, it looked as though the course would produce several clear rounds within the time allowed.
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30th July 2002
USTPA National Finals to Offer $600,000 in Prize Package
Estimated total purse of $500,000 cash available with $60,000-added guaranteed
(Wichita Falls, Texas) – The United States Team Penning Association (USTPA) will host its annual National Finals in Amarillo, Texas, November 4-8 and brings to the table more than $600,000 in cash and prizes, making it one of the richest competitions in the horse industry.
Team penning requires a team of three riders to select three like-numbered cattle from a herd of 30 and move them to a small pen at the opposite end of the arena within as little as a sixty second time period. Cattle in the herd are numbered 0 to 9, with three cattle bearing each of those numbers. A number glued to their backs indicates the selected cattle. The USTPA, the largest not-for-profit team penning association in North America, represents a membership of more than 6,000 team penning enthusiasts and manages, through USTPA Productions, team pennings that offer more than $1.2 million in cash and prizes annually.
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30th July 2002
US Riders Successful At "Coupe des Ameriques"
The first-ever International Equestrian Federation (FEI) "Coupe des Ameriques" or Championship of the Americas was held from July 17-21 at Blainville Equestrian Park, just north of Montreal. Expanded from the North American Dressage Championship concept, the prestigious FEI 'Coupe des Ameriques' was held in conjunction with the fourth annual CDI-W Dressage International de Blainville, presented by Swarovski Canada, and featured $40,000 in prize money between the two competitions.
The 2002 FEI "Coupe des Ameriques" was an official FEI Regional Championship. The ground-breaking undertaking had competitors representing Argentina, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and the United States competing at the Grand Prix, Advanced, Young Rider and Junior levels.
The United States was proudly represented by a total of 18 riders representing all four levels, and earning a total of 12 medals including two Team Golds, two Team Silvers, two Team Bronzes, two Individual Golds, two Individual Silvers, and two Individual Bronzes. Teams and individuals were selected based on qualifying criteria developed by the USA Equestrian Dressage Committee and approved by the USA Equestrian Executive Committee
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30th July 2002

Six Countries Send Riders With Disabilities to First Inner Vision Championships
HUNTINGTON, NY – July 29, 2002 – Riding borrowed horses they had schooled just five times, 24 inter-national dressage riders with various physical disabilities competed in the first Inner Vision Championships (IVC) for riders with disabilities on July 12–13 at Willow Tree Farm at Caumsett State Historic Park in Huntington, NY.
The Inner Vision Championships were organized by the National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) and Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc.
“This championship was a great first effort,” said Denise I. Avolio, chairman of the IVC organizing committee. “It was good for everyone to come to the United States and see we have quality horses and quality riders in our programs for disabled riders. I’ve done competitions for disabled riders for 10 years, and I am always thrilled by the skills and abilities of these riders. They are outstanding.”

Riders from Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, and the United States competed in team and individual events at the IVC, which is approved and recognized by the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (I.P.E.C.). Although the dressage tests at the IVC are written specifically for riders with disabilities, they include movements equal to USA Equestrian fourth level tests for sighted, able-bodied riders.
The only concession to the riders with vision handicaps is the use of "living letters," trained volunteers who call out their assigned letter so that the riders are able to visualize where they are in the dressage arena.
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30th July 2002
Team Penning is Horse Industry’s New Cash Cow
In the game of team penning,, it could be the game of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
(Wichita Falls, Texas) – Sounds simple. With two other partners, go into a herd of 30 cattle, cut out three with the same number on their backs and get them into a pen at the opposite end of the arena in less than sixty seconds. So simple, in fact, that when the United States Team Penning Association (USTPA) began in 1993, the sport took off with rapidly growing participation and interest. Before long, it was common place to see team penners competing for purses of $50,000 or more – practically unheard of in weekend horse competitions.
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30th July 2002
Jeffery Welles Wins the $35,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix, Sponsored by Nutraceutical, at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show
East Dorset, VT—July 28, 2002—Jeffery Wells of Pound Ridge, NY, won the $35,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix on Sunday, sponsored by Nutraceutical, riding Penelope, owned by M/M Douglas Durst in the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show at Harold Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT.
Federico Sztyrle of Bridgehampton, NY, came in second, riding Caya, owned by Sag Pond Farm and Michael Dorman of Jamison, PA, aboard Enzo La Mulotiere, owned by Caroline Lloyd, came in third. Presenting the award to the winners was Mr. and Mrs. Harold Beebe, hosts of the Vermont Summer Festival.
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29th July 2002

Chris Kappler Wins $175,000 Cargill Grand Prix of the United States, Presented by HBO To Close 2002 Oaks Blenheim International CSI-A
San Juan Capistrano, CA—July 28, 2002—Chris Kappler of Flemington, NJ won the $175,000 Cargill Grand Prix of the United States, Presented by HBO, to close the 2002 Oaks Blenheim International CSI-A.
Kappler won in dramatic fashion, riding Royal Kaliber, owned by Kappler and Kathy Kamine, to the only double-clear score of the day, defeating the reigning World Champion, Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, by one penalty.

“I knew all afternoon that I’d have to go clean in order to win this thing,” said Kappler who as the last rider saw Pessoa go clean in the afternoon after scoring one time penalty on Gandini Lianos in the morning’s first round. “There was just no doubt that Rodrigo would force the issue with a clean round.” Pessoa had nothing but praise for his horse and said, “Time faults are always the fault of the rider. My horse was 100% today, I can only blame myself for the time fault.”
The two-round Grand Prix served as the final two United States Equestrian Team (USET) selection trials to pick this country’s squad for the 2002 Show Jumping World Championships to be held as part of the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in September. The CSI-A also hosted the fourth of the six trials on Friday.
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29th July 2002

Ireland Fourth In European Pony Championships Team Event
IRELAND'S TEAM came a creditable Fourth in the European Pony Championships at Lanaken, Belgium today (Sunday).
Though consistently in the top five places in the individual classes, with Anthony¹s Condon's Bronze Medal on Friday and a Fourth in the Grand Prix today, and Mark McAuley's Third yesterday, the team had to be content with fourth place out of 12 teams today.
Condon and Andrew Ryan both posted a clear and a four-faulter in the European team event, but the overall score was not good enough to catch winners Gt. Britain, who delivered a fault-free total, nor second place France (12 faults), nor third placed Netherlands on 13. Ireland ended with a total of 16 faults.
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29th July 2002
The Face of the New USTPA
Nation’s largest not-for-profit team penning association launches new strategy for growth
(Wichita Falls, Texas) – Team penning isn’t the rough and tumble sport it once was but instead has grown into a sport that requires good horsemanship, skill and an ability to compete, a position the United States Team Penning Association (USTPA) is taking in launching a new marketing strategy to grow the sport. The USTPA, the largest not-for-profit team penning association in North America, represents a membership of more than 6,000 team penning enthusiasts and manages, through USTPA Productions, team pennings that offer more than $1.2 million in cash and prizes annually. And the faces of USTPA competitors represent people from rural to corporate environments.
Team penning requires a team of three riders to select three like-numbered cattle from a herd of 30 and move them to a small pen at the opposite end of the arena within a as little as a sixty second time period. Cattle in the herd are numbered 0 to 9, with three cattle bearing each of those numbers. A number glued to their backs indicates the selected cattle.
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29th July 2002
Irish Arabian cross looking good in Texas
He still growing and therefore there is no reason to believe that Scotty owned by Debby Hall of Amarillo Texas is going to be anything less than a fantastic sport horse. At 15.3 hands, Scotty, by the Irish Draught Stallion O'Leary's Irish Diamond, is proving the nay sayers wrong.
"Why wouldn't a cross that that has been used for years with the continental Warmbloods in Europe work in a cross with an Irish Draught," asked Jim Leary, the owner of O'Leary's Irish Diamond.
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29th July 2002

Show Jumping Result: CSIO Hickstead Great Britain 24-28 July 2002
THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX
1) SHUTTERFLY; Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER), 2) TLALOC; Reynald Angot (FRA), 3) COSTER; Christian Ahlmann (GER)
THE BRITISH SPEED GRAND PRIX
1) GINGER WATT; Dermott Lennon (IRL), 2) DIAMOND CLIFF; Robert Splaine(IRL), 3) LIVINGSTON; Robert Whitaker (GBR)

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29th July 2002

Kerrygold Grand Prix League Show Jumping Result: Waterford
WATERFORD GRAND PRIX
1) SHANNONDALE; Lt. Shane Carey, 2) WINDGATES KING KOAL; Conor Swail, 3) LUANDRA; Shane Breen, 4) MIDNIGHT CALL; Edward Doyle
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29th July 2002

Show Jumping Result: CSI-1 Ascona Switzerland 26-28 July 2002
ASCONA GRAND PRIX
1) TINKA'S BOY; Markus FUCHS (SUI), 2) HBC JACOMAR; Marc HOUTZAGER (NED), 3) WARREN; Santiago LAMBRE (MEX)
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28th July 2002

The Riding Tree: Balance
WAVERLY, WV When a student gets on a horse to take that first riding lesson, their greatest concern is staying there. Everyone is afraid of falling off, particularly in the beginning. Whether you are the student or whether you are the instructor, you need to be aware of this fear and aware that it is very normal.

Fear of falling creates both mental and physical tension. That’s why relaxation is at the base of the riding tree, the set of skills a rider needs to master in order to develop an independent seat. In order to relax, you have to become aware of every part of your body--every muscle, every joint--and find any places where you are holding tension. When you can let go of all of this involuntary tension, you can move to the second level of the riding tree. When you can stay relaxed over the horse’s center of gravity, you are in balance. When you are in balance, you can stay on the horse.
Essentially, the horse’s center of gravity is right where you sit. If you are gripping with your calves or gripping with your thighs or hanging on the reins in order to stay there, you are not balanced. Good balance requires both being relaxed and being centered. You need both vertical balance and side-to-side balance.
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28th July 2002

World Champion Rodrigo Pessoa Wins $35,000 Budweiser Speed Derby At 2002 Oaks Blenheim International CSI-A
San Juan Capistrano, CA—July 27, 2002—Show Jumping World Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil galloped to victory in the $35,000 Budweiser Speed Derby Saturday at the 2002 Oaks Blenheim International CSI-A.
Pessoa topped a field of 27 entries in the one-round speed class where faults were converted to penalty seconds. He and Gandini Bianca D’Amoury, owned by Keri Pessoa, completed the 17-jump course designed by Sydney Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela in 88.68 seconds.
Kamal Bahamdan of Saudi Arabia, the day’s third entry, took an early lead in the class when he rode Casita, owned by KB Farms, Ltd, to a time of 90.92 seconds. His lead held up until the day’s 23rd entry, Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, beat his score on Authentic, owned by Elizabeth Busch Burke and John Madden Sales. Madden blistered over the course, finishing with a score of 90.60 seconds that included a five-second penalty for a knockdown at fence 10B. “I really attacked the first fence,” Madden said. “My horse is naturally fast and he just kind of carried me the rest of the way. The course was very long and I think he thought he was done when he had that rail late in the course. I might have ridden that fence a little too soft.”
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28th July 2002

Show Jumping Result: CSIO Hickstead Great Britain 24-28 July 2002
Class 163, THE OSBORNE REFRIGERATORS STAKES
1) Joint Venture; Peter Geerink (NED), 2) Carling King; Kevin Babington (IRL), 3) Dileme de Cephe; Bruno Broucqsault (FRA)
Class 196, THE BLUE CHIP FEED INTERNATIONAL STAKES
1) LADY CARTHAGO; Angelique Hoorn (NED), 2) H&M TAMINA; Malin Baryard (SWE), 3) BIS DE LA MARE; Samantha Detheux (BEL)
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28th July 2002

Kerrygold Grand Prix League Show Jumping Result: New Ross, Co. Waterford
NEW ROSS GRAND PRIX
1) COILLE MOR HILL; Tom Slattery, 2) WINDGATES KING KOAL; Conor Swail, 3) WOODEND TEB; Damien Doyle, 4) LAUGHTONS LASS; Lt. Shane Carey
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